Blocking new events and protests around DC and state capitols on Facebook

As the United States approaches the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Facebook has announced some new measures it will take as a precaution against violence.

Facebook said it would also run “secondary” scans during any install-related events to look for violations of its policies. At this point, this includes any content related to the “Stop Theft” movement that perpetuates the rampant lie that Biden’s victory is illegal.

These groups had continued to thrive on Facebook until the actions the company took earlier this week.

It is also expected that Facebook will place new restrictions on US users who frequently violate the company’s rules, including preventing those accounts from broadcasting videos, events, and group pages.

Facebook’s director of policy communications, Andy Stone, wrote in a blog post and tweets, in which the company made it clear that it would prevent any events scheduled to happen near the White House, the US Capitol, or any government building until Wednesday.

These precautions do not live up to what some of Facebook’s critics have advocated, but they are notable measures for a company that has begun to take serious armed conspiracies and groups seriously last year.

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